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synonyms for snake oil

  • nostrum
  • quack remedy
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In pursuing his alchemical researches, he discovered Prussian blue, and the animal oil which bears his name.
THE EVERY DAY BOOK OF HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGYJOEL MUNSELL
Movement to know that she was attired in appropriate costume—short frock, biped continuations and a mannish oil-skin hat.
GLANCES AT EUROPEHORACE GREELEY
A very small amount may be present after ingestion of large quantities of cod-liver oil or other fats.
A MANUAL OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSISJAMES CAMPBELL TODD
He heard Mohammedans alluding to a Brahmin as a leader—so might a wolf and a snake make common alliance against a watch dog.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
Go carefully over the film with an oil-immersion lens, using a mechanical stage if available.
A MANUAL OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSISJAMES CAMPBELL TODD
The unindustrious pupil imagines that “p” represents 8, and not “f” or “v,” and translates 1845 into “To pour oil” .
ASSIMILATIVE MEMORYMARCUS DWIGHT LARROWE (AKA PROF. A. LOISETTE)
On his loins was a lion of great fierceness, and coiled round his waist was a hissing mamba (snake).
UNCANNY TALESVARIOUS
The boy took a piece of wood and covered it with a paste made of ashes and oil.
ALILA, OUR LITTLE PHILIPPINE COUSINMARY HAZELTON WADE
Carbolic Acid … liquid … oil … sweet oil … castor oil … aperient … Epsom Salts … white … white of egg.
ASSIMILATIVE MEMORYMARCUS DWIGHT LARROWE (AKA PROF. A. LOISETTE)
The outside, also, well polished with sweet oil and stale milk, then enveloped in chamois leather.
TOBACCO; ITS HISTORY, VARIETIES, CULTURE, MANUFACTURE AND COMMERCEE. R. BILLINGS.
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